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Hohenstaufen was a dynasty of Kings of Germany, many of whom were also crowned Holy Roman Emperor and Dukes of Swabia. The proper name, taken from their castle in Swabia, is Staufen.

When the last member of the Salian dynasty, Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor, died without an heir there was controversy about the succession. Frederick and Conrad, the two current male Staufens, were grandsons of Henry III, Holy Roman Emperor and nephews of Henry IV. After the death of the intervening king and emperor Lothar II of Supplinburg, in 1137, Conrad became Conrad III of Germany.

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Members of the Hohenstaufen family

Holy Roman Emperors and Kings of Germany

The last Hohenstaufen, Conrad IV, was never crowned emperor. After a 20 year period the first Habsburg was elected king and emperor.

Dukes of Swabia

Note: Some of the following dukes are already listed above as German Kings

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